Photos from the 2017 Köln FREMO:87 Meeting

After a two-year hiatus, I was finally able to attend a FREMO meeting again. The meeting in Köln-Dellbrück Thielenbruch took place in early October 2017 and featured the largest FREMO:87 layout ever, measuring more than 200 linear meters across five branch lines.

It was the third meeting with my station Fessenheim (see second image below), which is still under construction at the time of this writing. I’ll add more information about the progress of this project at some point.

For now, I’ll share a handful of impressions following a single train across one of the DB branches between Hünenberg and Häfnerhaslach, which included a masterfully built model of the Bromskirchen valley bridge. All shots were taken with an iPhone 6.

Pt crossing bridge in ealy morning light Pt in Fessenheim (FSM) Pt crossing bridge Pt at railroad crossing Pt passing signal

Photos from the 2014 Glottertal FREMO:87 Meeting

On the hottest Pentecost weekend on record, more than 50 FREMO:87 modelers from all over Europe came to beautiful Glottertal in the Black Forest for model railroading fun, delicious food and great company. With a layout consisting of more than 100 meters of track, the largest ever set up in Glottertal with many new modules, the 2014 meeting was truly one of superlatives. Here are a few impressions from my visit.

Era III diesel work horses: V100 and Köf II in Gutach.

Era III diesel work horses: V100 and Köf II in Gutach.

Lumber is a familiar sight in the Black Forest station Gutach.

Lumber is a familiar sight in the Black Forest station Gutach.

New depot in Türkheim (Bavaria) Markt.

New depot in Türkheim (Bavaria) Markt.

Farmers looking on train movements.

Farmers looking for train movements.

ETA 150 entering station.

ETA 150 entering station.

Dutch passenger train waiting at signal.

Dutch passenger train waiting at signal.

The same train passing Schelling in the Netherlands.

The same train passing Schelling in the Netherlands.

Citroën van at Dutch level crossing.

Citroën van at Dutch level crossing.

Dutch farmer with his horses and carriage.

Dutch farmer with his horses and carriage.

Dutch standard gauge tram line with freight traffic.

Dutch standard gauge tram line with freight traffic.

A Completed and Weathered PROTO:87 PIKO Tds Hopper

A key requirement for becoming a successful PROTO:87 modeler is patience. Adding detail parts, often applying multiple paint jobs, decals, and lastly a weathered look, can take a very long time. Sometimes, as is the case with this car, it can take years.

I’ve mastered many of the steps to make improvements to a model, but I don’t have any weathering skills. That’s why I reached out to Enno, a German modeler with excellent weathering chops, to have him put some grime on my first finished car from a set of three PIKO DB Td(s) hoppers after a photo featured in Carstens Güterwagen, volume 2, page 61.

The other day, I got an email from him indicating that he had completed the car. He sent along a number of amazing images showcasing the first completed car in my collection. I’m glad the project is done and I couldn’t be happier with the weathering job even though one step didn’t survive it. The lesson learned here is that it’s better to have the base of the car weathered before adding fragile detail parts that may not make it through the procedure.

The car has Günter Weimann PROTO:87 wheels and spring-loaded buffers, Weinert original couplers and brake hoses, Fränkische Modellbahn-Spezialitäten UIC steps and grab irons, and custom decals from Andreas Nothaft’s Decalshop. Enjoy the pictures.

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

PIKO Tds 928

Photo and weathering: Jens Enno Born

You can find more of Enno’s wonderful work on his blog, drecksbude.blogspot.de, the tws-rustbucket.com forum, or the Drehscheibe Online Model Train forum.

Photos from the 2013 Nuremberg FREMO:87 Meeting

In early October, I was able to attend part of the 2013 FREMO:87 meeting at the DB Museum in Nuremberg, the birth-place of German railroading. The small Festsaal was perfect for a layout consisting of about 65 modules with two branches centering around the station Türkheim (Bayern) Markt. I brought a number of my era IV models that I was able to run before the regular era III operations took over. All in all, it was another great road-trip with wonderful fellowship that included a visit to one of the best model train stores left in Germany. Enjoy the cellphone photos.

Our Sprinter loaded for Nuremberg

Our Sprinter loaded for Nuremberg

Loading in at the DB Museum

Loading in at the DB Museum

Starting the setup in the Museum's Festsaal

Starting the setup in the Museum’s Festsaal

Era IV freight train with a few of my cars

Era IV freight train with a few of my cars

Beautiful Weinert DB V20 engine in Fornsbach

Beautiful Weinert DB V20 engine in Fornsbach

Loading gauge in Fornsbach

Loading gauge in Fornsbach

Scratch-built FS car in Türkheim

Scratch-built FS car in Türkheim

Czech hopper in Türkheim

Czech hopper in Türkheim

DB Class 50 engine in Türkheim

DB Class 50 engine in Türkheim